Hi everyone! Grab your coffee and enjoy this week’s Throwback Thursday, Book Style.
This week I have picked stories by two of my favorite authors, both of whom have written across a range of sub-genres, and done it all with flair.
First up is the fascinating and powerful fantasy Turnskin from the astonishing mind of Nicole Kimberling. The societal disparity and tensions resonate with those of our own world. The human element is core. This is not your typical shifter story!
Blurb: Raised in a remote farming community, Tom Fletcher knows little of his Shifter heritage and less about the dangerous lives that others of his kind lead in the city of Riverside. For Tom the big city is a daydream of opening nights and bright theater lights.
But when Tom meets Cloud Coldmoon — infamous and handsome heir to a criminal syndicate — everything changes. Suddenly suspected of murder, Tom must flee to the only city where his kind are common.
Filled with shapeshifters, con men, mobsters and ruled by the vengeful Coldmoon Family, Riverside is as perilous as it is alluring. Tom seeks refuge in the Turnskin Theatre, where his shape-changing skills can be put to good use on and off the stage.
Here he has a chance to fulfill his dreams of stardom and romance, but only if he can stay one step ahead of police and criminals alike, otherwise the next shape he takes could be his last.
This review by Susan mirrors my thoughts: Susan’s Goodreads Review
Next up is Second Act, a contemporary from the incomparable Kaje Harper. Whatever you do, do not dismiss this as being “another Hollywood story.” This author presents some raw, flawed, genuine characters in quite an unexpected and refreshing manner.
Blurb: Sometimes you have to go home again.
When Bryce Edwards left Minnesota for the bright lights of Hollywood ten years ago, he was determined not to look back. He’s built a solid acting career through his own hard work and talent. But when he finds himself unemployed right before Christmas, the memories he’s been ignoring start to rise up and annoy him.
Maybe it’s time to take a different approach; maybe it’s time to confront his past and not just use it as motivation for his next angsty scene. If he can make peace with what happened back then— the small-town bigots who drove him away, and his first boyfriend who refused to leave with him— maybe he’ll be free to move on to something better. He’s not sure what “something better” will look like, but he’s finally ready to get on a plane, go home, and find out.
My review is here: Goodreads Review